Year in review: 2016 Hits, Misses, and Highlights


2016 has been a prolific making year for me. All together, I sewed or knitted 100 items, including 24 garments for myself, 45 for others (mostly baby presents and bandanas for Zamboni), and 31 for the house. Every year I like to reflect back on what I’ve made, what worked, and what didn’t. Thanks to Crafting a Rainbow for the annual inspiration! You can see my previous roundups here: 2014, 2015.  


Most of my sewing was focused on others this year. 37% of what I made was baby clothes, thanks in large part to a pre-move stash busting marathon. I also did a decent amount of household sewing (31% of all sewing), including a ton of curtains, napkins, and placemats. For myself I made 9 dresses, 7 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and just 1 skirt (yet to be blogged). I really focused on separates a lot more than in the past. And now, the top 5 hits, misses, and life highlights…

First up are the hits. From left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Denim Granville. This shirt always seems to be in the dirty laundry hamper. I love that it can be dressed down with jeans or up with a skirt and booties.
  2. Flannel Granville. I have been loving this shirt this fall and winter. The fabric is starting to pill already, but hopefully it will make it through next winter as well.
  3. Jasper Sweater. This sweater is super comfy and warm. It’s also starting to pill. I probably need to upgrade my fabrics now that so many of my clothes are turning out well.
  4. Ginger Jeans. Jeans. Finally. I wear these every weekend. The second pair is cut out and ready to be assembled.
  5. Cora Running Tights (yet to be blogged). I made another pair of running tights using my serger. They turned out much better than my first pair, and are my go-to cold-weather running pants.

And, of course there were also some misses…From left to right:

  1. Salme Olsen Dress. This fabric makes me look washed out, so I’ve only worn the dress twice.
  2. Simplicity 1716 Shirt. The seam lines on this shirt fall in an awkward place, so I’m always fiddling with it when I wear it.
  3. Men’s Finlayson Sweater. Good idea, nice fabric, poor fit. I will give this one another try.
  4. Jiffy Dress (unblogged). This was a disaster. I used a combination of knit and woven fabrics that didn’t work well together. All in all, the dress is too small, and I never bothered finishing it.

For this recap, I’m also going to include a few non-sewing-related life highlights, as this was a pretty big year in my “real life” as well.

  1. We bought our first house.
  2. We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time.
  3. I quit my first (and only) job since college.
  4. I earned my master’s degree.
  5. I passed my two comprehensive exams, en route to the PhD.

And there you have it! 2016 was a good sewing year for me. I wish I could say as much for the world at large. On to the next….Happy 2017!


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